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Well, it’s the first day of summer vacation.  School got out yesterday and we celebrated it with friends in a wild water fight.  With a neighborhood full of energetic boys I can’t think of a better way to burn off the excitement of school being done for the year.

summer bucket list challenge

summer bucket list challenge

summer bucket list challenge

For weeks we’ve been talking about how we’d like to spend our summer, the adventures we want to have and what that will include.  Now that school’s out we decided to get serious and put our ideas on paper, making our annual summer bucket list.  This year everyone wrote down five things they wanted to do; places to go, things to make, people to see, new foods to try. Our ideas usually include big and little things, ranging from what to do on vacations to making popsicles, and everything in between!

summer bucket list challenge

Since we began making these lists a couple of years ago, our summers have taken on a new purpose of adventure.  Our summer days have a bit more intention, looking for the fun and adventure we might have, whether it’s on our own, or tagging along with friends.  If you’ve never made a summer bucket list I would encourage you to give it a try.

This year we are participating in The Happy Family Movement’s Summer Bucket List Challenge.  If you don’t know the Solars they are a fun loving family that look for adventure at every turn, sharing with others what good ol’ family fun can be. Want to join in?  First, create your list.  Then, head on over to The Happy Family Movement and share it with others.    They have an amazing community on Facebook where you can find out about fun giveaways (including one from us) and other great ideas to make your summer the best yet.  Don’t feel like sharing? Then just check out what everyone else is adding to their lists, it may spark a few ideas of your own!

summer bucket list challenge

summer bucket list challenge

Happy Summer!

As promised, I have many pictures from my day visiting the farm on Tuesday.  The day’s plan was planting.  Many of the plants that started in the flats of the greenhouse were ready to be put into the ground.  At the same time a new batch of soil mix needed to be made for the starting of new plants.

farm to table project:  rhizosphere farm

Terra shared with me her formula for the soil mix they use to start the seeds.  It is much like a recipe, each ingredient having an important role in the final product.  As is everything with the work on the farm, sustainability is always considered.  This is why coco fiber (made from coconut husks) is used over peat moss, which takes years to develop for harvest.  The coco fiber and worm castings are filtered through a screen as part of the soil mixing process.

farm to table project: rhizosphere farm

1 wheelbarrow coco fiber (sifted through a screen)
1 wheelbarrow vermiculite
1.5 30 lb bags of worm castings
1.5 pints kelp
1.5 pints lime
1.5 pints bone meal
Big handful mychorrhizae
Mix four times.
farm to table project: rhizosphere farm
farm to table project: rhizosphere farm
Seeds are sown into each cell of the flats.  Each cell generally contains 2-4 seeds, with the exception of crops like parsley and green onions, where more seeds will be sown.  They can be thinned out later, depending on how they’ve grown.  From these cells many of the crops are transplanted directly into the field once they’ve grown in size and established a vigorous root system.  Others, such as tomatoes, will be transplanted into 4 inch pots where they will continue to grow in the greenhouse until both the ground and air temperature can support the growing conditions they’ll need.
farm to table project: rhizosphere farm
farm to table project: rhizosphere farm
On the day I was visiting many of the flats were ready for planting, this included salad greens, fennel and green onions.  The small plants where taken from their cells and planted into the tilled rows where they’ll continue to grow.  There were several flats, with many cells, each one planted individually.  Planting a few myself, I was surprised by the sturdiness of the delicate looking crops.  Although the work goes quickly, there is a lot of planning that goes into the entire process.  I have a new respect for all the work that goes into growing my beloved bowl of salad greens!
farm to table project: rhizosphere farm
farm to table project: rhizosphere farm
To read more about my Farm to Table Project with Rhizosphere Farm, follow the links below…

Did you ever eat Pizza Rolls growing up?  You remember, in the bright, yellow box?  In the freezer section?  I wasn’t really a fan, but I remember my friends downing a box or two as the occasional after school snack in high school.  Growing boys will eat anything.

These are not those kind of pizza rolls.

pizza rolls

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